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Channel 4 Dispatches Programme: The Mobile Phone Rip-Off

EDM number 1451 in 2007-08, proposed by Roger Godsiff on 29/04/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Competition, Consumers, Industry, Service industries and Telecommunications.

That this House welcomes the recent Channel 4 Dispatches investigation into mis-selling in the mobile telephone industry broadcast on 28th April; believes that the breadth of the programme's thorough investigation amply demonstrates the depth of mis-selling and lack of effective industry regulation and transparency which has poorly served the customer and left many thousands in debt, being pursued by debt collection agencies and owed an estimated £50 million in now worthless cashback deals; believes the network providers, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, 3 and O2 to have been complicit in creating this situation and to be behaving increasingly like a cartel; notes that information relating to both the individual contribution that the network providers each make to Ofcom and data relating to the numbers of people affected by cashback is officially not available; welcomes the publication of Ofcom consultation on the industry but regrets that no action or compensation is contemplated for customers already affected by cashback and doubts whether the statutory powers contemplated by Ofcom will be effectively resourced and policed; and calls on Ofcom to refer the matter to the Competition Commission without further delay to ascertain if collusion has taken place and assuage the public's well-founded concern about whether the market is working effectively.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

Roger Godsiff29/04/2008Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabourProposed
Andrew George29/04/2008St IvesLiberal DemocratSeconded
Peter Bottomley29/04/2008Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Bob Russell29/04/2008ColchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
Gregory Campbell30/04/2008East LondonderryDUPSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn30/04/2008Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Paul Holmes30/04/2008ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Lindsay Hoyle30/04/2008ChorleyLabourSigned
Lynne Jones30/04/2008Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Alan Meale30/04/2008MansfieldLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell30/04/2008Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Ann Cryer30/04/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin30/04/2008Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Paul Flynn30/04/2008Newport WestLabourSigned
Rudi Vis30/04/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Angus MacNeil30/04/2008Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
Bill Etherington01/05/2008Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
David Drew01/05/2008StroudLabourSigned
Colin Breed01/05/2008South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Sandra Osborne06/05/2008Ayr, Carrick and CumnockLabourSigned
Mike Hancock06/05/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Simpson07/05/2008Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore07/05/2008HendonLabourSigned
Dai Davies08/05/2008Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
Kelvin Hopkins09/05/2008Luton NorthLabourSigned
Eric Illsley09/05/2008Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Katy Clark12/05/2008North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins13/05/2008TamworthLabourSigned
David Heyes15/05/2008Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Michael Jabez Foster16/05/2008Hastings and RyeLabourSigned
Clive Efford20/05/2008ElthamLabourSigned
John Leech20/05/2008Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Edward Davey02/06/2008Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
William McCrea17/06/2008South AntrimDUPSigned
John McDonnell23/06/2008Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned

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